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Sounds good on the surface, right?

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Today’s Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a regional company is putting more Vitamin D in their bread. Sounds heroic, doesn’t it?

But, not so fast…..

78 Million Americans No Longer Need Vitamin D … Maybe

LiveScience.com reports that a number of Americans no longer need Vitamin D. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine has released research that indicates many Americans are no longer beneath the recommended guidelines for daily Vitamin D intake. I  wonder if these researchers have been talking with the researchers who have mentioned that women no longer need breast cancer mammogram screenings in their 40′s and that many men may no longer need the prostate cancer screening lab test referred to as a PSA test?

Save money and appear heroic

According to Food Navigator, a Canadian yeast company petitioned the FDA in 2009 and got approval to up the amount of Vitamin D in its yeast. Would following this slippery trail further would yield a motivation that is all about money – a way to cheapen their process, their cost, etc.? The bonus is looking heroic to those who don’t bother to ask a few questions or understand what is really an appropriate level of Vitamin D in Americans’ diets.  Lallemand and Klosterman care first about their profits, stretching their dollars, and place less value on the nutritional value of their product.

After all, when is the last time that a food company did something because they truly cared about the public’s health? Bonus read – The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food, from The New York Times, which outlines how food companies engineer their products for maximum appeal.

Twenty Ways to Love Your Body!

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


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Compiled by Margo Maine, Ph.D.

Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it.

Hat tip to PINK Magazine and the National Eating Disorders web site for this article!

1. Your body is extraordinary–begin to respect and appreciate it.
2. Create a list of all the things your body lets you do. Read it and add to it often.
3. Become aware of what your body can do each day. Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.
4. Create a list of people you admire: people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.
5. Walk with your head held high, supported by pride and confidence in yourself as a person.
6. Don’t let your weight or shape keep you from activities that you enjoy.
7. Wear comfortable clothes that you like and that feel good to your body.
8. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
9. Think about all the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body and appearance. Try one!
10. Be your body’s friend and supporter, not its enemy.
11. Consider this: your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks, and your skeleton every three months.
12. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.
13. Every evening when you go to bed, tell your body how much you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.
14. Find a method of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly. Don’t exercise to lose weight or to fight your body. Do it to make your body healthy and strong and because it makes you feel good.
15. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body. Tell yourself you can feel like that again, even in this body at this age.
16. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself–without mentioning your appearance. Add to it!
17. Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying, “I’m beautiful inside and out.”
18. Choose to find the beauty in the world and in yourself.
19. Start saying to yourself, “Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way.”
20. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength and beauty.

The ‘Organic’ Stamp – Does It Mean That Food Is Safer? – NYTimes.com

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The ‘Organic’ Stamp – Does It Mean That Food Is Safer? – NYTimes.com.

From the article:

“Why is organic peanut butter better than Jif?” said Ms. Devlin-Sample, a nurse practitioner from Pelham, N.Y. “I have no idea. If we’re getting salmonella from peanut butter, all bets are off.”

Although the rules governing organic food require health inspections and pest-management plans, organic certification technically has nothing to do with food safety.